Bowden's fiancee accepts plea deal in battery case

MIAMI -- The fiancee of Washington general manager Jim Bowden reached an agreement with prosecutors Wednesday that will settle charges of battery and resisting arrest in Miami Beach.

Joy Browning, 36, must complete 25 hours of community service and attend an anger management class for the charges to be dropped. Browning refused to comment outside court, except to say that they were still a couple.

"I think everybody is relieved that the case is behind her and she and Mr. Bowden are still together, are still a couple," said John Bergendahl, her attorney.

They were in Miami on April 17 for the game against the Florida Marlins. Bowden was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. After police said he failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath-alcohol test, he was charged with driving under the influence. He pleaded not guilty in May and his trial is scheduled to begin July 3.

Browning was arrested for allegedly striking a police officer twice after she was charged with battery on Bowden, who had scratches on his cheek and ear. Bergendahl said the domestic battery charge was not pursued by authorities and has said his clients "vehemently deny" there was any domestic battery or abuse.

Assistant state attorney Melba Pearson handled the plea agreement.

"We usually offer this deal to people who are first-time offenders and have never had any contact with the criminal justice system," Pearson said.